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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  73 responses

JR Smith Guarantees a New York Knicks Championship


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The New York Knicks’ 40-year NBA championship drought will soon come to an end, according to JR Smith.

While adding fuel to the Knicks/Nets rivalry by dissing Paul Pierce, Smith guaranteed that New York will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy next June.

Per the NY Post:

During a question-and-answer session with kid golfers at Chelsea Piers, Smith was asked how sure he was of the Knicks ending their title drought this season. “I’m 100 percent sure,” the swingman said. Smith was then asked why he joined the Knicks over the Nets when he came back from China in February 2012. “The Nets weren’t good,” Smith said. “Now they’re still not good.”

When asked why he is so confident, Smith said, “I feel comfortable. People ruled us out last year early, too. We added some great pieces. Unfortunately, we got rid of some good pieces. But we added Andrea [Bargnani], Beno [Udrih], Metta [World Peace]. We have to consistently play like we did the first 20 games last year the whole season. We can’t have a middle-of-season lapse. We have to consistently play the same way.”

While hopeful to play when the season starts, the 28-year old Smith isn’t sure he’ll be fully recovered from offseason knee surgery.

In other very important JR Smith news: the guard clarifies that he’s not the owner of a tank (it belongs to a friend.) Smith drives a Bentley.

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  • BCoops

    Just, No…

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    If he’s asked the question, what do people expect him to say? “Nah, there’s no way we’re winning.”

    Better to be confident about it. I applaud that.

  • airguy45

    slow down young blood

  • sammyb96

    The knicks and nets both have a chance, but neither are the clear favorite, and for good reason. Jr is delusional if he thinks the knicks are that much better just because they added primo pasta n sauce Andrea and artest

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    I mean, Melo can’t text this dude and tell him to be quiet until October? The Nets are clearly the better team on paper and I’d be surprised if the Knicks end up being better than them this upcoming season.

  • Caboose

    The picture for this article is damn near perfect.

  • lex

    Hes getting ink posing from all those tattoos

  • Shooting Guard

    Stock up with snacks for the nets vs knicks because it will be good. But JR shouldn’t talk title

  • blachthought

    nyc police “jr smith`s brain found – at the bottom of a coke can, triggerin` I lost my mind…” . that comment wasn`t confident, just plain stupid….

  • vINSANITY

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • DAMN!

    AK47 is the only reliable piece that will make the nets better than last year. I repeat, THE ONLY PIECE !
    *Comin’ from a C’s fan

  • spit hot fiyah

    better stop doing this then:

  • Wilt Chamberlain

    JR’s foot meet JR’s mouth.

  • 23

    Did anybody from SAS or MIA say they were going to win a championship last year? Nope. But guess what they were the top 2 teams. I disagree that players have to act over confident all the time. Nothing wrong with him saying, “we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure we get that ring next season”

  • 23

    Comin from a Cs fan is the only explanation for that stupid comment.

  • youngkay60

    LOLLL

  • youngkay60

    XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Bitter Celtics fan.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Paul and KG were traded. They didn’t leave because they wanted to. You have nothing to be hurt or sensitive about. Get over it. Move on. Everyone who was actually involved already has.

  • Deckard

    Melo? You mean he finally realised he has teammates?

  • straight cake

    I actually agree with you for once JR Smith needs to shut up he is starting to get on my nerves.

  • straight cake

    KG waived his no trade clause because he knew he would have been traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with Paul Pierce.

  • danpowers

    looks like jr didnt really get the memo… http://basketball.realgm.com/article/229431/All-Superstars-All-The-Time-The-Secret-To-Winning-Or-Contending-For-An-NBA-Title-Section-A

    http://basketball.realgm.com/article/229565/The-Superstar-Theory-Part-Two-What-Every-NBA-GM-Needs-To-Know-Section-A

    “That means the relevant teams we are looking at for contenders in 2013-14 are:

    1. Miami, with James and Wade

    2. Oklahoma City, with Durant and Westbrook

    3. Los Angeles Clippers, with Paul and Griffin

    4. Houston, with Howard and Harden

    5. San Antonio, with Duncan, Parker and Ginobili

    The next tier includes:

    6. Chicago, with Rose

    7. New York, with Anthony and Stoudemire

    8. Brooklyn, with Garnett and Pierce (and Deron Williams)

    9. Indiana, with George

    10. Los Angeles Lakers, with Bryant and Nash

    By the Superstar Theory, nobody else has a prayer.”

  • straight cake

    Maybe if you watched Knicks games you would see how their offense works:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icMMjzbYN1o

  • danpowers

    touche sir

  • Junior Taylor

    I don’t mean to be an arse but wtf is ink posing?

  • high off haze

    I don’t understand how ppl come at jr smith about his round 2 but forget about how james harden was ghost in the finals …

  • danpowers

    just check on harden’s age back then. plus, an injury on his shooting hand didnt really help shooting the ball. guess that why the criticism on him was quite moderate

  • danpowers
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol what kind of drugs does it take to call Amar’e a superstar in 2013

  • danpowers

    the guy just follows his numbers/system. that whole theory is quite interesting. below that list he also states that ny or the lakers are extremely unlikely to have a shot at the chip and also that the second tier doesnt really matter as only the first tier has a realistic shot at making it to the finals

  • JibbsIsBallin

    JR probably lit one up with Beasely and they started saying stupid things just for the hell of it.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Think he meant to say “poisoning”.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    …After Doc Rivers was gone and it was clear that the team was going to rebuild. And even with Pierce being with him, it took Deron Williams and Jason Kidd to help convince him to agree to it.

  • RedDragon10

    You win, sir.

  • MUBWAR

    looooool for his defense he said last year not 2010

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    An hallucinagen of some sort….

  • melvo

    Oh right, it’s that time of the year again where a cocky Knicks player guarantees a championship only to fall flat on their faces. Seriously, this happens every year.

  • danpowers

    do the math! this one counts till 2018 lol

  • grgeblck

    This trend started after Shaq promised championships. Now it has become trash talk more than a promise.

  • JamminS

    Are you sure the nets are “Still not good”?

  • DAMN!

    Just when I thought people had actual opinions on this blog. my bad ! “bitter” ? “stupid” ? now that is basketball talk !

    If you’ve watch any game from the c’s last year, you know that:

    1) Pierce can’t shoot anymore.

    2) Garnett, at 37 doesn’t cut it on the starting 5, ak47 and lopez both are better than him

    3) Terry…. I mean, Terry ?? He had one game last season, 1 decent game against NY 1st round.

    Now call me bitter becuz we didn’t get to see Pierce & Garnett retire as C’s, but that is pretty much it, they weren’t gunna make us a better team than we are now.

  • danpowers

    there is some truth about the celtics part of the story. but garnett and pierce will be able to contribute to good teams such as the nets in limited playing time.

    pierce was so bad against ny coz he is too old for such a heavy load. williams, johnson and lopez are taking the heavy load in brooklyn. having garnett and pierce around that is pure luxury and shouldnt be underrated. the only problem this squad could have is a lack of on court chemistry.

  • Max

    I’d put Indy in that first tier.

  • danpowers

    it would take to read the whole article to explain this ranking. all former champions were analyzed by their players recent mvp votes, first team honors, etc. the result is that in league history only a handfull of guys won championships and that it actually takes at least two players on a team who are mvp caliber or of wich one recently used to be mvp caliber players. without at least two of these youre simply not contending for a title or even entering the conference finals.

    this is just a theory and there are exceptions such as the pistons in 04 or maybe mavs in 11 but when you look at league history you see that this works almost all the time.

  • Max

    Yeah, I’m hoping PG will transform into that kind of MVP type caliber player haha.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    You’re a plain fool if you think Andrei Kirilenko is better than Kevin Garnett even at 37. And “Pierce can’t shoot anymore” isn’t exactly expert analysis on your part especially since he was at 19 points a game last season and he shot 44% which is basically his career average.

  • danpowers

    guess that he will be an mvp candidate this upcoming season is pretty sure. still, the heat and the west’s top teams are too much for the pacers.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    post of the year candidate

  • DAMN!

    Since you love to talk numbers. Pierce was 37%fg and 27%3P in the playoffs.
    Im no expert, (neither are you) but I doubt we watched the same games.
    Garnett was slow this year, no influence over his peers.
    They had a 10 games run after Rondo’s ACL, when Green took over. It was overall a disappointing season for/from the C’s veterans.

  • meloMan234

    oh Jr lol you’re just misunderstood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXHnSnTi_b8

  • straight cake

    lol completely agree

  • Anthony

    To this JR I ask…”You trying to get OFF the pipe?” Cause whatever it is you smoking is too strong!

  • Ugh

    Seconded. SHF is on fire lately.

  • COYNE

    The main point is surely that theyre no longer centrepieces and can play as many minutes and take the shots they’re comfortable with. They will make them 20% better, AK47 great addition also.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    classic

  • Interdico Scriptor

    This is freaking hysterical.

    1.Miami Heat
    2.Indiana Pacers
    3.Brooklyn Nets
    4.Chicago Bulls
    then maybe… maybe
    NYN

  • Interdico Scriptor

    @Nbk… finish this pls

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Garnett has/was that certain something that can’t really be categorised but if put on a bball court it’s futile to say he’s not contributing. His size/length is replicated in the NBA on every team, but his ‘je ne sais quoi’ is incalculable.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Pierce will shine in a good system (if that’s what he’s got) and embrace the role player role he’s needed to be for the last few seasons.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    it’s a bit more complicated than that

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Are you kidding? So… if I get this right, you’re saying if they gun and don’t miss they can beat sh*tty teams like the Bucks…

  • Interdico Scriptor
  • Interdico Scriptor

    Not from me. Harden lost me. Miami were beatable, and Harden let me down (personally)

  • bike

    Drop some acid and everything JR says here becomes perfectly clear.

  • The Philosopher

    Well, there are people who are saying that Lamar Odom is not the only NBA player who smokes crack…

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Not really. Not complicated at all. The team was rebuilding. Everyone knew it was over as soon as they lost to the Knicks. Their run was over. Paul said he knew as he looked down the bench while they were getting eliminated by the Knicks. Doc wanted no parts in rebuilding. KG and Paul wanted no parts without Doc there. Danny and Billy King came to an agreement that was suitable to everyone involved. KG wasn’t going anywhere without Paul. And if he had to go somewhere with Paul, playing under Jason Kidd who was/is a peer of theirs and playing on a team with talent already made a lot of sense. He agreed. That was it.

  • danpowers

    guess he will find a good system in brooklyn. id be suprised if kidd f*cks it up

  • danpowers

    lol my condolonces. i was also disappointed, but sometimes it just goes like that. dont expect this to happen to him again should he ever get back to the finals.

  • straight cake

    At least they made the playoffs although an 8th seed lol

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